and remove muck from ponds using muck removal pellets and muck eating
So many of our
clients have wonderful ponds on their properties or have a lakeshore
property on the edge of a lovely lake. Slowly, year after year,
a common problem is the accumulation of muck and silt. This muck
can make swimming unpleasant and wading into the pond or lake as
inviting as trying to salvage a wristwatch that has accidentally
fell into the outhouse dry toilet pit!
Kids don't want
to swim, the muck is thick and stinks....what happened to my lakeshore?
Why is my beach now a place mainly for insects and birds?
Removing sludge and muck from ponds and lakes can be time consuming
and expensive. Traditional methods like dredging, pond excavation
or suction harvesting are expensive and can cause significant physical
intrusion to aquatic systems and wildlife. Using specifically designed
muck removal bacteria and enzymes can reduce muck, silt and sludge
at a fraction of the cost.
Pond Muck Pellets
are the newest and fastest way to eat up bottom sludge. Unlike traditional
bacteria which spreads throughout the water column and mainly focuses
on nutrient reduction to remove algae and clear up green water,
the pond muck pellets sink into the muck where they are scattered
and start devouring muck on a localized area.
All of the muck eating bacteria and enzymes stay right where they
sink and chew up the muck around them so nothing is washed away.
You will be treating only your beach or shoreline or pond not the
entire lake or your neighbors (but you could if you wanted to!)
pond pellets biodegradable pellets contain sludge-eating bacteria,
enzymes and trace minerals to not only get rid of the muck but also
to enhance the quality of water. Product is completely safe for fish,
frogs, pets, birds and humans; use with complete confidence that your
pond or lake is being properly taken care of without harmful chemicals.
These professional pellets naturally eliminate that disgusting odor-causing
muck on beaches that sticks to your feet and makes swimming unpleasant.
A potent blend of micronutrients for lake and pond treatment.
pellets have a slow release and sink down into the muck to
deliver essential biostimulants, activated barley and bacteria.
They penetrate and degrade your pond muck and sludge by stimulating
existing bacteria and by adding sludge-eating cultures. Format:
30 pound pail Easy to apply. You can treat the entire pond
or only in the areas that muck tends to accumulate.
Traditional Dose: Feed 10-lb to 25-lb per surface-acre once
per month depending on depth of muck or extent of surface
Super Dose: For ponds or lakes where they would like to degrade
up to 1 foot per month. Feed 50 to 60 lbs per acre once per
Temperature Range: Works best when water temperature is 60°
F (17°C) to 130°F (54°C). The warmer it is the faster they
reproduce and digest sludge.
& Sludge Removal Pellets
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Professional Pond Muck Pellets safely
reduce muck and sludge from ponds and lakes of all sizes and
muck from swimming areas.
Large Pond and Lakes To remove muck in a large pond or lake,
to provide a complete treatment, broadcast the pellets evenly
at a rate of 125 pounds per surface acre. Apply between two
and four times per year depending on problems and desired rate
of muck reduction. In smaller ponds apply approximately 3 pounds
per 1000 square feet of surface area.
Ponds & Lakes: 125 pounds per surface acre (44,000 square
feet) per month.
Small Ponds & Water Gardens: 3 pounds per 1000 square feet
per week. Other
formats available here
Spot treat your swimming
areas today and a clean beach and shoreline will be yours tomorrow.
These pellets are easy to use and are Ideal for campsites, recreational
parks, private beaches or anywhere that a natural clean pond bottom
is required. Using the professional pellets means you can easily reduce
sludge levels in ponds and lakes without the use of heavy equipment.
Typically you will see reductions of 5 inches per year of organic
muck and sludge sediments. This can be increased with higher application
rates and the addition of aeration and complementary bio-augmentation.
Unlike some other pellets these professional ORB-3 pellets have no
gypsum fill so you only pay for active ingredients for optimum results.
To remove muck from beaches, in swimming areas around piers or docks
or floating docks or in any problem area in the pond or lake that
suffers from an accumulation of muck, organic silt and sludge. 8 pounds
per week for the first 4 weeks 2 pounds every two weeks as needed
For Large Pond and Lakes
To remove muck in a large pond or lake, to provide a complete treatment,
broadcast the pellets evenly at a rate of 125 pounds per surface acre.
Apply between two and four times per year depending on problems and
desired rate of muck reduction. In smaller ponds apply approximately
3 pounds per 1000 square feet of surface area.
* Aeration enhances the product performance. Contact us by email with
Biodegradable pellets that are self-sinking
Muck eating pellets start eating muck and pond sludge on contact
Application rates depend on size of area being treated (see
Broadcast pellets on area being treated and pellets sink and
begin removing muck
Can be used for large ponds and lakes or for spot treatment
around beaches or swimming areas
Cheaper than dredging or vacuuming the pond sludge
These pond muck removal pellets were designed for lagoons, lakes and
ponds as a low-maintenance solution for sludge bed and solids removal,
water clarity and beach cleanup. Great Lakes Bio Systems have designed
the Orb-3 Professional Pellets to be fortified with specialized bacterial
strains that are high volume waste consumers of muck and organic matter.
These pellets have a broad trace mineral base and an organic catalyst
to increase the productivity of the beneficial bacteria in each pellet.
The pellet itself was specially designed to drive the active ingredients
down to the sludge so the dose is not immediately consumed by the
These Professional Pellets combination of natural technologies is
a simple cost-effective method for continuous sludge management. This
product cannot ship to Canada.
Adding aeration to your pond or lake enhances the natural ability
of your pond to avoid the buildup of organic muck and sludge. To learn
more about how aeration can help stop the buildup of muck and sludge
see our pond
Digest 12" of Muck Per Month
Bioostimulants, activated barley and bacteria
Retention Ponds: Retention ponds start out nice and beautiful and
after a few years they become loaded with floating organic matter
and muck. MD Pellets are an easy way to help balance them out and
These pellets will also work well in retention ponds that may have
a lot of road salt. A biologically cleaned pond is a happy pond. A
mechanically cleaned pond can often be unhappy for some time as it
tries to find biological balance.
Golf Courses: Golf courses can get a lot of muck due to runoff,
high nutrient loadings, and leaf and grass waste. MD Pellets are an
easy and affordable way to keep golf course ponds free of muck and
more importantly to help keep them biologically balanced.
Shorelines: Used by homeowners to reduce muck around the shoreline.
Just sprinkle some pellets around a dock once a month and let them
sink into the muck. Month by month the lake bottom will clean up.
Many customers have called them little vacuum cleaners as they see
the muck reduce.
Aquaculture: Used to degrade fish poop that accumulates in
the bottom of a pond. MD Pellets have proven to be economical and
efficient for fish farmers who want to minimize muck accumulation
as an alternative to dredging.
Consumes nutrients Reduce up to 70% of sludge and muck Lowers ammonia
Clarifies water Balances ponds
Reduces dredging The pellets are a dense product designed to be
“tossed in” and sink to the bottom. When they sink into the muck the
bacteria produce enzymes that speed up the breakdown of organic waste.
Some customers have expressed success breaking down sycamore leaf
debris in their lakes and ponds using MD Pellets. They contain safe
and beneficial bacteria, and will not harm aquatic species, fish,
waterfowl, or people. This product will also reduce sulfide and mercaptan
odors found in muck.
Bacteria Assisting Muck & Algae Control
product contains several strains of naturally occurring beneficial
bacteria ideal for breaking down and digesting waste commonly found
in pond environments to naturally keep ponds clean, clear and healthy
all year long,
- Works in
water temperatures down to 45° F, allowing one product to work
in Spring, Summer and Fall
ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, phosphates and sludge
results without the smell
a healthy, balanced ecosystem and reduces pond maintenance
beneficial bacteria mixes are popular for there ease of use and
rapid results. Our best results come from All Season liquid beneficial
bacteria because the safe mix contains several strains of naturally
occurring beneficial bacteria ideal for breaking down and digesting
waste commonly found in pond environments to naturally keep ponds
clean, clear and healthy all year long. this highly rated liquid
beneficial bacteria additive is ideal for koi ponds, water gardens,
fish ponds and lakes. All Season Pond Bacteria contains several
strains of naturally occurring beneficial bacteria ideal for breaking
down and digesting waste commonly found in pond environments to
naturally keep ponds clean, clear and health all year long. This
liquid beneficial bacteria mixture is:
Rates & Dosages: Initial Spring Dose or
Shock Treatment: Add 2 gallons All Season Liquid Bacteria
per 100,000 gallons of pond volume.
down organic sludge like leaves, dead plants, fish droppings,
fish food, and excess fertilizer
a clean, clear pond
for fish, plants, pets and people
Maintenance Dose: Add 1 gallon All Season Liquid
Bacteria per 100,000 gallons of pond volume.
Frequency: Apply every 2 - 4 weeks as needed, Aerated
ponds require less All Season Bacteria.
Note: Ponds currently on regular bacteria programs or not showing
signs of problems may begin with the Maintenance Dose. This
is a Green Source product meaning it contains
all natural, "green" ingredients that are non-toxic, biodegradeable
and eco friendly.
interesting links about pond muck and lake muck removal
MuckMat creates a firm surface on your lake bottom that is easy
to walk on. Once the MuckMat has been placed in the water, an immediate
change is visible. Individuals who walk on the MuckMat will find
that they no longer sink into the sand. Instead, they can walk across
the area with ease. The MuckMat provides a supportive barrier between
an individual and the mucky lake floor. Meanwhile, the MuckMat also
disperses the individual’s weight to prevent them from sinking into
the muck. It’s a great combination that uses simple scientific facts
to create a solution to your muck problems and it is an affordable,
effective and safe alternative to costly lake muck removal services."
"Destratification is a process in which the air or water is mixed
in order to eliminate stratified layers of temperature, plant, or
animal life. The first example of destratification was in 1919,
in a small resorvoir. A pond's condition deteriorates when the
bottom environment cannot support animal life. The bottom is the
area that runs out of oxygen first, it is where the most oxygen
is used, and it is the farthest from the surface where it is replenished.
Without oxygen a lake or ponds self-purification capability is not
only reduced, it is reversed. The small animals, snails, worms,
bacteria, etc., which help keep a pond clean cannot live, and the
pond's nutrients are then recycled from the sediment. This forms
a layer of muck at the bottom which serves as a fertilizer for weed
and excessive algae growth. It can also cause large fish kills.
" From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destratification
3. "Excavate Get rid of sludge and muck on the bottom of
your pond. Excavate This alternative to mechanical dredging is better
for your pond, less expensive, and more effective, long term. Excavate
is the most economical way to remove deep sludge deposits and muck
from your pond or lake. Ultra concentrated for more effective results
Consumes 6 inches of muck at the bottom of your pond in 30-90 days
with proper application Keeps irrigation equipment free and clear
of muck Proper aeration is highly recommended On average 22 lbs.
treats 1/4 acre *This product is not meant as a do it yourself version
and no guarantees can be made without professional analysis of the
pond. For larger projects or commercial projects, Sanco offers a
guarantee to remove 6 inches when Sanco Industries professionally
applies. If you would like our professional applicators to grid,
measure, and apply your Excavate contact Sanco. " Sanco Industries
"Is your pond muck out of control? Is it time for a pond cleaning
but you just can’t figure out how to accomplish it? Often times
pond muck and lake sediment are the result of millions of tiny clay
particles that are in a “colloidal suspension”. How can you tell
if your pond has colloidal clay particle suspension, if it is just
muddy from rain and runoff, or if you have dead organic vegetation
built up over the years? Step 1. Take a 2-3 gallon sample of water
from the pond or lake. Step 2. Get an empty 5 gallon bucket and
put a cloth (we find an old t-shirt works quite well) over the top
to use as a filter. Step 3. Pour the cloudy, mucky water from the
full bucket onto the cloth covering the empty bucket. If the water
goes through the filter and the cloudiness is filtered out, you
most likely have dead organic vegetation. Dead vegetation can be
broken down by raking and turning up the sediment and “muck” at
the bottom on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. You can also use a beneficial
pond bacteria product to speed up the biodegradation of the dead
weeds, algae and leaves that have built up over the years. (Note:
beneficial bacterial and aquatic weed killers may counteract each
Aquacide Company http://info.killlakeweeds.com/blog/bid/115704/Pond-Muck-Removal-and-3-Methods-that-Help
5. "In the bowl area live the anaerobic bacteria, which
cannot decompose the incoming matter quickly enough. This bacterial
war rages on and the fallout is methane, sulfur dioxide, phosphates,
and other toxic gases saturating into the water column reducing
oxygenated water for fish and other aquatic species. This MUCK is
nutrient rich and creates a deteriorating cycle. In essence, instead
of the aerobic bacteria feeding the planktonic kingdom, and continuing
a natural, healthy food chain, the anaerobic bacteria disrupts this
natural process and feeds the plant kingdom, increasing algae and
weed growth and suffocating the pond. Natural springs and aerators
help, but eventually even they lose ground to this natural process.
We at SRS use a hydraulic method of pumping the MUCK, from the bowl
areas. It is an extremely clean and cost-effective way of removing
the sludge and toxic gases without the use of heavy equipment. It
also does not interfere with the existing wild and aquatic life,
which presently inhabit the pond.
Once the bowl areas are cleaned to their original bottom, the toxic
gases are removed with the MUCK, greatly enhancing the water clarity
and quality giving your pond a fresh new start as it was in the
very beginning. Due to the high volume of sediments removed per
day, we will require a discharge area on site to discharge the sediments
to, such as a wooded area or fields that flow away from the pond.
The sediments will not mound up, but will flow and seek its own
gravitational level. It is excellent fertilizer and will not harm
grasslands or wooded areas. The pump used can reach 200 feet into
a pond and discharge back up to 2,000 feet, depending on elevation
and grade. For those of you who do not have an adequate discharge
area, there is an alternate way to contain the muck. We are having
remarkable success cleaning ponds in this manner and are sure we
can be a valuable service to you. Please contact us with any questions
you may have. ."
Sediment Removal Solutions : http://www.sedimentremovalsolutions.com/
BactaPur products are no longer available
Bacta-Pur® Sludgebusters is effective at biodegrading waste
and sludge waste buildups that accumulate on the bottom of ponds,
water-gardens and lakes. The sludge layer, which can have a sulfur
smell or a thick rancid odor like a musty organic fart, can result
from a buildup of fish food that has been uneaten by koi or trout
or any fish as well as leaves from trees that lose their leaves
after the Autumn Solstice.
This decomposing waste material from uneaten food, leaves and fish
and bird poop can accumulate and turn into a black thick sludge
that can cause the clogging of pumps, filters and pond pumps! These
decomposing nutrients and resulting chemical buildups can produce
noxious odors and even toxic gases that could cause fish-kills or
other problems! Using Bacta-Pur Sludgebusters will enable you to
biodegrade these wastes and compounds which, when used properly
and regularly, will result in less pollution, less ammonia, stress
owners know that there are two common forms of algae that are bound
to show their mucky green faces at one time or another in the life
of a pond. Often a pond will suffer bouts with algae many times
during a season. While there are chemicals to help knockdown algae
my approach is to use natural methods of algae control.
When you are doing an end of season cold-water treatment with the
XLG to help remove leaves that have fallen in to the pond or lake
I recommend about 2 gallons for every surface acre of the XLG followed
by another treatment two or three weeks later. So if you have a
pond of 1 acre I would treat with 2 gallons as soon as the water
temperature reaches 40 degrees Fahrenheit or around 5 degrees Celsius
and then follow up with an equal application two or 3 weeks later.
This regime would be repeated in the Spring. As soon as the ice
has gone, if you have ice in your location, do a shock-treatment
with 2 gallons per surface acre. Follow the initial treatment with
an equal-size application in two weeks. This is an ideal shock treatment!
The cultures in this natural pond bacteria do an incredible job
of keeping waters clear and reducing the muck buildup at the bottom.
This is the bacteria that has been so successful in doing what they
call "bio-dredging" where the use of microbes has replaced
the mechanical digging and removal of pond and lake sediments. This
bacterial mixture comes with activators which should be added, mixed
and activated according to the directions. If you have any questions
on the application of liquid bacteria please email us.
I often treat
the ponds I am taking care of with a dosage of XLG in the Autumn and
in the Spring. In a way a pond is like a swimming pool because shock
treatment at the beginning and end of the season is a really good
idea. We would never use chlorine to treat algae or muck in a pond
because it can be toxic to life but the use of a natural bacteria
can only help in restore the cycle of life because the consumption
of nutrients and elements by the bacteria create food for fish, insects
Bacta-Pur® XLG contains 16 strains of natural, pathogen-free
bacteria specifically designed for decomposing organic sediments
in ponds. This is what we often call muck or sludge. The voracious
organic bacteria in XLG literally consume all organic materials
in ponds and are a key tool when we are attempting to reestablish
depth in a pond that has an unwanted accumulation of muck and smelly
sludge at the bottom.
Bacta-Pur® XLG is an ideal bacteria in colder waters and we
often use it in tandem with a dry bacteria that has certain temperature
parameters that must be respected because the XLG can be added to
any water body at any temperature as long as there is not any ice
covering the pond.
Email us for information
or with your questions.
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